Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

LNP Candidate Sacked over ,CyJFK' Email

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

LNP Candidate Sacked over ,CyJFK' Email

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QUEENSLAND'S Liberal National Party (LNP) has expelled a candidate who sent an email saying he hoped Prime Minister Julia Gillard C[pounds sterling]follows the historyC[yen] of assassinated US president John F Kennedy.

LNP state director Michael O'Dwyer on Friday said the party's state executive had expelled businessman Paul Freebody, its candidate for the state seat of Cairns, from the party, as a result of the email.

C[pounds sterling]The LNP expects all candidates and elected representatives to behave with the utmost propriety and to uphold at all times high standards of behaviour, loyalty and integrity,C[yen] he said in a statement on Friday.

Mr O'Dwyer said the party had reopened nominations for the seat.

The party has high hopes of winning the seat, currently held by retiring Labor minister Desley Boyle with a margin of 4.2%, at the next election due in March 2012.

The email sent to dozens of people last Friday from Mr Freebody's email account takes aim at the Gillard government over the proposed carbon tax. …

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